GAME:IT is an introductory level course that requires NO previous technology or programming experience.

  • Description
  • What's Included
  • Curriculum Layout
  • Course Standards
  • Technical Requirements & Downloads
  • Register for a Webinar


GAME:IT is an introductory level course that engages students with project-based learning. Our unique, easy-to-follow material will take your class from simple “drag-n-drop” programming to actually writing code and developing original computer games!

Very quickly the students will begin to build real working games. They see results right away (which is important for that age group) and along the way, they learn the math and physics concepts used in game development, how the engineering cycle is used to design games, the components of a good game, color theory used in game design, how to create sprites and animation, and so much more.

GAME:IT was developed by teachers for teachers. It is a full 18 week course that offers terrific flexibility for your school. It can be taught as a stand-alone elective, as part of a CTE program (along with our GAME:IT Advanced and Mobile App:IT courses), as a supplement to math or physics classes or even as an after school or summer learning program.

Attract and engage your students with GAME:IT!

To learn more, view a pre-recorded webinar or join a live webinar. The subscription to this course is per school. There is no limit to the number of students that can take the course during the subscription period or the number of teachers that can utilize the course materials in their classroom.

What's Included

The GAME:IT Curriculum is web-based and easily accessible from our website. Upon registration, you will be granted access to the full curriculum and can download the materials to your system.

Each unit comes with a Teachers Guide and ALL materials you will need to teach the course: PowerPoints, worksheets, quizzes, answer keys plus step-by-step instructions to build 12 games. We also include the solutions and all resources needed to build the games. Our worksheets and quizzes are available as both static PDFs for printing or Fillable PDFs, allowing the student to complete on their computer and save to a disk.

The materials are organized within their respective units. This entire course is 100% web based which keeps costs low, allows you access anytime and offers you several different ways to deliver the information and teach the course. You can project the PDFs and PowerPoints, print and hand them out, or email them to your students.

Download the Teacher’s Guide, an Example Game Lesson and our STEM Worksheet.


Curriculum Layout

The curriculum is organized to provide the best teaching experience for you and your students. Each unit comes with a Teachers Guide and ALL needed materials – PowerPoints, worksheets, step-by-step instruction to build 12 games, quizzes & answer keys. Click here to see why GAME:IT is so easy to teach! Upon purchase, you will be granted access to the full curriculum. Here is a snapshot of the materials that are included.

Course Standards

Technical Requirements

Before you purchase, make sure you have access to the technology and equipment needed to teach this course.

Computer lab with internet access. Internet access is a must as this course will send your students to various websites for activities, video clips, games and research.

Projector or Printer / Copier: Course material is web based to keep costs down, provide easy access anywhere with internet connection and enhance flexibility.  Most topics are covered in PowerPoint format so the ability to project them or print them out is a must.



GameMaker: Studio must be downloaded on each student’s computer.  There is a free version of this program.  Go here: then click the button that says Download GameMaker: Studio.

Click here to download the Game Maker Studio Installation Guide

Game Maker Studio needs to be installed on each computer individually as it uses a secure DRM that needs to be authenticated to the hardware. You need to install the program when you are logged into the computer as the final user (the student account). It cannot be installed onto a server and cannot be installed as an Admin. If you are like most schools, you have access limitations on the student’s accounts so they can’t download unwanted programs. You will need to “lift” those restrictions, install this software and the put those restrictions back on. That is how most schools handle this.

System Requirements for Game Maker Studio:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8
  • 512MB RAM
  • 128MB graphics
  • Screen resolution of 1024×600

PLEASE NOTE:  When attempting to install and launch Game Maker Studio for the first time, the program attempts to access the internet to obtain a FREE license key. We have found that some schools have a Proxy Server or Firewall that will block this attempt to automatically obtain a license key. Currently there is no way to install Game Maker Studio without the ability to obtain a FREE license key. Depending on how your network is set up, it may be possible to add an exception to the Proxy Server or Firewall that will allow the program to obtain a license. If your school's system or network administrator can not add an exception and get this process to work, there are two options:

  1. Download and use GameMaker 8.1 Lite. This version no longer receives support or updates from YoYo Games, however it will still work for running a GAME:IT class (different curriculum materials must be downloaded to work with the Game Maker 8.1 Lite program).

    In the future this version may need to be updated to the Game Maker Studio version. Here is the link to the Installer file:

  2. Purchase educational licenses from YoYo Games. Information on educational licenses can be found at

If you are able to implement a fix for this issue on your school network, please let us know. We are looking for more information on how to solve this issue so the information you provide may be able to help other schools that are experiencing this same problem.

Game Maker 8.1 Lite:  STEM Fuse will continue to maintain and update the curriculum materials for those schools using Game Maker 8.1 Lite.  Contact your Client Service Rep or e-mail if you need the Installer file for Game Maker 8.1 Lite. 

Game Maker 8.1 Lite System Requirements:

  • Any modern PC running Windows XP or later
  • DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
  • Pentium or equivalent processor
  • DirectX 8-compatible sound card
  • 156MB of memory or greater
  • 800×600 or greater screen resolution with 16-bit or 32-bit colors


Game Maker Lite for Mac:   STEM Fuse will continue to maintain and update the curriculum materials for those schools using Game Maker Lite for Mac.  Contact your Client Service Rep or e-mail if you need the Installer file for Game Maker Lite for Mac.   

Game Maker Lite for Mac System Requirements:

Intel Mac, running Mac OS Leopard v10.5 or Snow Leopard v10.6.